we woke up this morning to the wonder of children who don't live in a snowy climate...."IT'S SNOWING! IT'S SNOWING!" it is amazing to their young eyes! having grown up in western canada, it's slightly less amazing to me...but they have a point. this is our first time in 3 years here that this much snow (and by that, i mean a whole inch) has accumulated! and this being the carolina's, not calgary, they cancelled school today...so the girls are having their first 'snow day' this year. hooray! the irony of this is that in our prior life, they would have trudged to school in up to 2 feet of snow - school only gets cancelled if it's too cold for the buses to run (like, -40F), and they wouldn't think that an inch of snow was special. but here it is special. here it's like something magical and mysterious ... heavy and wet and sticky. i have to say, there's nothing more disappointing than going out to make a snowman and having the snow be too cold and dry to be sticky (you think i'm lying, but it happens all the time). this is great snowman snow! so they are out in their jeans and one-size-fits-all mitts, fall jackets and sneakers, building a snowman - pink cheeked and cheerful - until they get too cold and come in...depositing a pile of wet and dirty clothes at the door. it's the price you pay for a snow day...not bad, i guess, weighed against the wonder in their eyes.